Harini Logan, a girl of Indian descent, won the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. The Class 8 student from Texas won the competition by spelling more words correctly in a spell-off, the first bee since its inception in 1925.
Mrs. Logan beats up Vikram Raju, another student of Indian descent who is studying in Class 7 in Denver.
Spelling Bee had an exciting moment when both contestants failed to spell two words correctly in a row between rounds 13 and 18, reported USA Today. This prompted judges to choose a spelling – 90-second rounds to spell as accurately as possible, the report said.
Although Mrs. Logan pronounced 21 words correctly, her opponent could only manage 15, resulting in her victory.
The New York Times Reportedly, there was a heartbreaking moment for Mrs. Logan, 14, when she was eliminated in the final. But the judges later ruled that the definition he gave for the word tension was acceptable.
This was Mrs. Logan’s fourth and final appearance at the Bee, and she called the victory “surreal.” Now.
After three hours of competition, Vikram Raju (12) stood with his head bowed. But when host Lever Burton asked him if he would return to Bee next year, the answer was a resounding “yes”.
Indian-Americans have always dominated the competition, however, the trend broke last year when 14-year-old Jaila Avantagard became the first African-American contestant to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The national bee is a high-profile, high-pressure tolerance test as much as a stupid spell match, and spellists spend months preparing for it.
Bees were banned in 2020 – for the first time since World War II – due to a coronavirus epidemic. But in 2019 there were eight co-champions, seven of whom were Indian Americans.